By Patrick Avenell

If you were mucking about in a boat, would you rather read a book such as Wind in the Willows or stay connected to the landlubbers via a VHF radio?

Uniden is hoping for the latter, today unveiling its new waterproof and fully submersible VHF marine handheld radio, the MHS050.

This 2.5-watt radio is targeted at the full spectrum of water based transport methods, such as boats, jet skis, canoes, hovercrafts, Kon-Tiki rafts, Land Sea Mediums (LSMs) and air craft carriers.

“Equipped with a precision matched built-in antenna, the MHS050 delivers superior range and crystal clear sound,” said a spokesperson. “Users can also switch the radio between 1W and 2.5W output to either preserve battery life or access maximum transmission power.  In addition, the unit’s Large Backlit LCD Display enables easy viewing at night or in low light situations.”

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Features of the MHS050 include memory scan, access to International Marine VHF channels, tabletop charging and a keypad lock. Advertised battery life is 12 hours.

The MHS050 comes with a 3-year warranty for RRP $129 (single) and RRP $199 (twin pack).

The Uniden MHS050 complies with JIS8 waterproof standards.